Sexually Transmitted Disease Chlamydia, A Disease That Term Paper

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Disease Type: Term Paper Paper: #198407 Related Topics: Infectious Disease, Gonorrhea, Diseases, Disease
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¶ … Sexually transmitted disease [...] Chlamydia, a disease that can lead to female infertility if not treated, and as a health care worker how would you approach the problem. Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can lead to many problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which is a leading cause of infertility in women, and it is caused by sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia. Chlamydia is treatable, but it is hard to detect, and so sometimes goes untreated and leads to much more serious health concerns. Chlamydia is also one of the biggest health issues in STDs, because so many people get it each year, and so many people do not know they have it.

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that causes inflammation and adhesions in the vagina. It can be detected with a penile swab or a urine sample, and it is treatable with antibiotics. It can be cured, but the sooner it is treated the better. Because the disease is becoming so prevalent, a lot of research has been done on how to prevent, detect, and cure it, and there have been some breakthroughs. These breakthroughs include "a new drug treatment recently approved by FDA to cure Chlamydia in a single oral dose, and a urine-based screening test that, unlike other tests, does not require a swab sample of cells from the genital area" (Nordenberg 24). These breakthroughs...


Men may see a discharge from their penis when they discover the disease, and both sexes may have abdominal pain and pain when urinating. However, not all people show these symptoms, and so Chlamydia can be quite difficult to detect and treat, and that is probably one of the biggest problems with the disease. One author notes, "Chlamydia usually comes with no telltale symptoms, so most people don't even know when they are infected. But left untreated, the so-called 'silent epidemic' of Chlamydia threatens to cause reproductive damage and infertility in many of the 3 million to 4 million Americans who get it each year" (Nordenberg 24). This makes it the most common STD, which means that it is the most common disease that can lead to infertility in women. Writer Nordenberg notes, "Without treatment, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, Chlamydia can lead in up to 40% of cases to pelvic inflammatory disease, a serious infection of the woman's fallopian tubes that can also damage the ovaries and uterus" (Nordenberg 24). Thus, Chlamydia is a very real health concern, especially to women, and the health care community should be aware of the disease and what treatments are available, so they can treat their patients effectively.

Chlamydia itself does not cause infertility, but it can lead to PID, which can indeed cause infertility in women, and is the largest cause of infertility in women. As one…

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Author not Available. "An Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Infections." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious July 1999. 25 July 2005.


Nordenberg, Tamar. "Chlamydia's Quick Cure." FDA Consumer July 1999: 24.

Tomlins, Jacqueline. The Infertility Handbook: A Guide to Making Babies. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2003.

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